Western astronomer and anthropologist debunk Mayan doomsday prediction


By Communications Staff
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Researchers from Western University say we can't believe the hype about the Mayan doomsday prediction and will share their views on the hot-button topic at a public event next week.
Science Here and Now, the free public lecture series offered by Western University’s Faculty of Science and the London Public Library, promises to cover astronomical catastrophes, separate truth from fiction and debunk many of the prophetic claims made hundreds of years ago.
Linda Howie, an anthropology professor, and Pauline Barmby, an astronomy professor, will discuss in depth the global fascination with December 21, 2012, the doom-filled date when the ancient Mayan calendar finishes its current cycle, triggering what believers trust will mark the end of the world.
The event will take place Tuesday, December 11 at Stevenson Hunt Room A, Central Branch, London Public Library (251 Dundas Street) and runs from 7-9 p.m.
Media are advised that Howie and Barmby are also available for interviews.
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